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All of Adam Sandler's SNL Characters, Ranked

Updated January 3, 2020 1.5k votes 429 voters 23.9k views19 items

List RulesVote up the greatest of all of Adam Sandler's characters from his time on Saturday Night Live.

Comedy legend Adam Sandler began his career at Saturday Night Live in 1990 as a writer for one season, before being added as a featured player the next year. It took him a while to find his voice, but by the height of his SNL career he was creating some of the most hilarious and memorable characters to ever grace the stage at Studio 8H. That's not to say there weren't some clunkers - looking at you, "Sleepyhead" - but he certainly had a knack for creating dumb, simple characters that got laughs.

What would the history of SNL be without the likes of Opera Man, Canteen Boy, or The Gap Girls? Here are the all original Adam Sandler SNL characters that he brought to the show over his six-year tenure, ranked from best to worst.

  • 5

    Lucy Brawn (The Gap Girls)

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    The Gap Girls was a recurring sketch played by Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, and David Spade, and it became an instant SNL classic. It saw the three men dressed as sassy, gossiping, female retail workers eating french fries in the mall food court. And who could forget that it brought upon one of Farley's most memorable quotes, "LAY OFF ME I'M STARVING!"
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    • 6


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      Sandler laid the groundwork for his role as the sad-sack boyfriend in romantic comedies with Brian, the lamenting host of "The Denise Show." The entire show is about Brian dwelling on his failed relationship with Denise, complete with Denise trivia segments and Denise-centric interviews with his friends.
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      • 7

        The Herlihy Boy

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        While this sketch, like many others, was carried mostly by the hilarious and scene-stealing Chris Farley, it gave Sandler plenty of room to shine as well. The Herlihy Boy's earnest pleas to dog-sit, feed your dog and teach it tricks instantly won people over.
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        • 8

          Gil Graham

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          "Gil Graham, Rock n' Roll Correspondent" was a clever sketch idea that saw Sandler's character reviewing concerts from legendary bands while going through absolutely miserable scenarios. Among the most memorable were the episodes where he was beaten up at a Rolling Stones concert, and locked inside a Porta Potty at Woodstock II.
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